hello and welcome to nhk "newsline". i'm keikichi hanada in tokyo with the latest at this hour. rescue workers are continuing the search for survivors in the aftermath of landslides that struck western japan. they are combing areas of hiroshima that were devastated on wednesday when slopes gave way during heavy rain. police say 49 people are dead and 41 others are missing or unaccounted for. about 3,000 police officers, firefighters and self-defense force personnel have been taking
part in the search. their efforts are being hampered by mud and debris. >> translator: the work is difficult. in some places, we can't move our legs because of the sticky mud. >> the rescuers have brought in several pieces of heavy equipment. they say this will help them remove debris more quickly. about 650 households remain without electricity. more than 1,700 people are still in shelters, many of them elderly. >> translator: i wake up at 3:00 or 4:00 and cannot go back to sleep. you get bone tired as things drag on like this. >> people from across the country have volunteered to assist the recovery efforts. they're helping to remove mud from homes and pick up debris. >> translator: it might be quicker to use machines, but in some places we can probably only use our hands. i hope i can help in some way.
>> translator: i'm truly grateful. there's still lots of work to do. >> rescuers say they will continue their search efforts through the night while staying alert for more landslides. it was just past 3:00 in the morning when the hillsides began to collapse. experts say dozens of mudslides happened at the same time throughout the area. nearly 100 houses were destroyed with many people trapped inside. this video shows boulders being pushed down a hillside that's already covered with mud and debris. the footage was shot two hours after a mudslide swept through the residential area. a local resident isal doi shot the video. he says he was in bed when the landslide happened.
>> translator: it was very quiet when suddenly i heard a big bang. it was really loud like a lightning strike. >> doi says he was unable to move partly out of fear and partly because he didn't know of any safe place to flee. this is his home circled in yellow. on the mountain above him all the trees have disappeared. experts say they've found that landslides occurred at 53 locations simultaneously. they're warning of more mud flows if the rain continues to fall. officials say they're setting up sensors at 14 locations that they consider dangerous to detect any further mud flow. more and more people in japan say they're not as well off as they used to be. they've told government officials they feel poorer than they did a year ago.
officials with the cabinet office conducted a survey between june and july and got responses from more than 6,000 people aged 20 or older. about 20% of people said they feel like they have less money. that's four percentage points up from 2013, marking the first annual rise in six years. only 6% of people said they feel better off. the officials also asked people what problems they would like the government to tackle. the most common request was for better medical and pension programs. many people also called for economic stimulus measures and solutions to the problem of the aging society. the officials said people are beginning to realize that japan's economy is recovering, but they said the consumption tax rise in april has made people more careful about spending money and more sensitive about the rise in the cost of living. russian authorities are holding a japanese whaling
observation ship at a port in the country's far east. they have been inspecting the vessel for a week. the officials allege the ship entered the country's territorial waters without permission. an nhk team on saturday witnessed the ship docked. none of the 20 crew members has been detained. it is unclear how long the inspections will last. the ship left in early august and deviated from the permitted route in the sea. russian media quoted the border officer as saying the ship failed to notify the authorities of any change in its planned route and is suspected of violating russian territorial waters. in a separate incident, a senior official announced last week that a submarine from japan's
maritime self-defense force was spotted near russian waters. these developments indicate that russia is stepping up border security at a time when japanese-russian relations are strained over the situation in ukraine. russian trucks used to deliver aid to humanitarian efforts to ukraine returned to home soil. the area still needed their support. the russian government this month dispatched 280 trucks carrying relief supplies. they were stopped at the border for over a week by ukrainian officials and eventually continued to luhansk without obtaining permission from ukraine's government. in eastern ukraine, ongoing battles are causing serious shortages of water, food and other daily necessities. the russians criticized ukraine
for slowing its efforts to help residents while kiev called the act of violation of its sovereignty. u.s. president barack obama and german chancellor angela merkel have called russia's act a further provocation. the leaders spoke by telephone on friday. they expressed concern about the large numbers of russian troops on the ukrainian border. and they said russian shelling of the country represented a dangerous escalation. . i township on an islet have decided ed move. the authorities on taro island recently approved a plan to relocate all 800 residents to a neighboring choisel island.
they say it's the only way to ensure the safety of the islanders. taro is less than two meters above sea level. they are concerned they could be submerged in the event of a tsunami. a school and hospital will be built within five years on the island. and measures against possible tsunami will be worked out. the relocation of everyone in the community is expected to take more than ten years. an australian company assisting in the effort says it's very rare for the entire population of a pacific island to move. eu officials are a step closer to creating a network they say will locate people and places with pinpoint accuracy. they've launched two satellites for a navigation project designed to rival gps. the officials call their global
positioning system galileo. they blasted the satellites into space on the russian soyuz rocket that took off from south america. but they soon encountered a problem. officials say the satellites entered the wrong orbit. they say they are still able to control the space craft and they are trying to determine the impact of the error. the officials have launched six satellites so far, but they plan to eventually use 30. they say they hope to put the project into full operation by around 2020. galileo ran into financial problems in the early 2000s. in 2008, eu countries agreed to inject more money. so far, the project cost 5 billion euros. and that concludes this edition of "newsline."
on behalf of our team, thank you for staying with us. due to japan's climate, this island nation developed unique cultural traditions. many of these are world-renowned, but many more remain hidden away, deep in the countryside. the best way to discover these secret places, the real japan, is to go exploring by bicycle. in this edition of "cycle around japan," we're going to cycle through the izu peninsula. we'll make our trip in spring, when the mountains of izu are brilliant green and flowers ar